Scott Redding believes a top six finish is a realistic goal as he prepares for the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP season in Qatar this weekend. The Briton finished seventh on his premier class debut at Losail last season and with a factory-spec Honda RC213V underneath him this season, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is hopeful of beating that on Sunday.
“In an ideal world we’d have got the last day of testing in Qatar done, rather than sitting in the box watching the rain, but it was the same for everyone. I was on a good level at the test and we had some changes to make on the final day that we knew would bring improvements but, unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to test them because of the weather. I’m feeling positive going into the Qatar race. I’m still learning with the Honda RC213V, so I’m only going to get faster and, when you look at how close the lap times were during the final test, I think a finish inside the top six or seven is a realistic goal for me this weekend.”
Team Principal Michael Bartholemy admits this weekend will be a landmark moment in the history of Marc VDS as they make their MotoGP debut.
“The Qatar MotoGP race will mark a new chapter for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, and we’re not underestimating the scale of the challenge that lies ahead of us. In five short years we’ve gone from underdog to Moto2 World Champions, but racing against the best in the world in the premier class is a step up to another level. Both Scott and the team have worked hard to familiarise themselves with the factory Honda RC213V we’ll campaign this season and, while there always remains room for improvement, I’m confident that we are ready to race this weekend. We head to Qatar with no real expectations for our first MotoGP race, but I’d be reasonably satisfied if we finish inside the top eight on Sunday.”